What is on the ballot paper for the 2022 federal election?

California voters have a lot to decide in the 2022 general election.

From the election of US Senators to the state constitution guaranteeing abortion rights, here are things you should know about the upcoming election.

California proposals

Proposal 1: Senate Amendment (SCA) 10 for the constitutional right to reproductive freedom.

On June 24, the US Supreme Court quashed Roe v. Wade and declared that the constitutional right to abortion no longer exists.

On the same day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 166, a law that protects patients and providers in California from attempts by other states to extend anti-abortion laws across state lines.

Currently, the California Constitution guarantees everyone the right to privacy, but does not define what that right entails.

Under the proposed amendment, voters will decide whether to amend the California Constitution to prohibit the state from denying or restricting reproductive freedom, including having an abortion and the right to choose or refuse birth control.

“The State shall not deny or interfere with a person’s reproductive freedom in his or her most intimate choices … This section is intended to promote the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1 and the constitutional right not to be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7,” the SCA said.

According to the California Secretary of State’s website, over $13.5 million was raised in support of the bill and over $100,000 to appeal. The proposal was introduced by Sen. Toni Gayle Atkins.

The Collegian Sports Team collapses Proposal 26, California Sports Betting Ordinance and Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act; and Proposal 27, Constitutional amendment to allow online and mobile sports betting outside of tribal areas in a separate article here.

Other proposals on the ballot.

Proposition 28 allows for more funding for arts and music classes in public schools and would allocate 1% of the state’s general fund to fund these teachers and provide training and supplies.

Proposal 29 requires a doctor or nurse with six months of on-site experience in renal dialysis clinics. The proposal also authorizes exceptions to staffing shortages when a medical expert is present via telemedicine.

Proposition 30 increases funding for greenhouse gas emission reduction programs by raising personal income taxes by 1.75% for those earning over $2 million annually.

Proposition 31 dictates whether or not personal stores and vending machines can sell flavored tobacco products and tobacco product flavor enhancers such as fruit, mint, menthol, and other flavors.

California elected officials

US Senator for California (Padilla vs. Meuser)

Democratic Senator Alex Padilla is campaigning for his first full term after being appointed in 2021 to replace Vice President Kamala Harris’ vacant position. He is up against Republican candidate Mark P. Meuser.

Padilla, a native of Pacoima, is a first-generation Mexican and served as the first Latin American Secretary of State for California. He also served in the California State Senate for his hometown of San Fernando.

In his candidate statement, Padilla said his focus is on fighting climate change and supporting voting reform.

“As California and our country faced unprecedented challenges – from our recovery from COVID-19 to a worsening climate crisis and escalating attacks on our democracy – I have arrived in the US Senate ready to take action. I’ve worked hard to take bold climate action from day one… I’ve fought tirelessly to protect our voting rights,” he said in his statement.

Meuser is also a native Californian. Born in Huntington Beach and raised in Pasadena, he received his JD degree from Oak Brook College of Law. He currently works for the Dhillon Law Group focusing on campaign and election law and civil rights and liberties cases.

In his candidate statement, Meuser focused on no enforcement when it came to the COVID-19 vaccination, increased crime enforcement and more parental control over public education. He also defied many actions taken by Governor Newsom during the pandemic.

“In politics, talk is cheap, but actions speak louder than words. As an attorney, I have been on the front lines fighting to uphold our constitutional rights. When [Gov. Newsom] Houses of worship closed, I fought for our First Amendment religious rights. When he closed the schools, I fought for our children’s education… I will always fight to protect our children, our neighborhoods and our way of life,” Meuser said.

The pair will face off in two contests on the US Senator ballot. One is for the regular six-year term, ending in 2029, and the other for the current term, which ends in 2023, as Padilla replaces Harris’ position.

Governor of California

Incumbent and Democratic Governor Newsom is up against Republican candidate Brian Dahle.

Dahle represented the First Assembly District in California from 2012 to 2019. Prior to that, he served on the Lassen County board of directors for 16 years. In 2019, Dahle won a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Ted Gaines, who resigned after being elected to the California Board of Equalization.

The Reddinger native focused his candidate statement on inflation, more enforcement of criminal activity and homelessness.

“I will reverse failed policies that have released thousands of violent repeat offenders from prison and fix broken laws that allow criminals to steal without being held accountable. California is going in the wrong direction. The next generation is counting on us to turn things around… There is hope for California. Let’s bring back the California dream,” Dahle said.

Newsom is running for his second term as governor, having become California’s 40th governor in 2019. Born in San Francisco, Newsom began his political career in 1996 in his hometown city government.

He served as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and then as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California for eight years before being elected to his current position.

Newsom has not provided a candidate statement, but on his campaign website he focuses on climate change, homelessness, gun violence and affordability in California.

“Over the past several years, our people have faced some of our toughest challenges, and I have been inspired by the courage and resilience of Californians … As your governor, I promise you, whatever challenges come our way, I will always face them with compassion and common sense.” lead the way in speaking the truth, following the science, valuing diversity and defending our democracy,” Newsom said on the website.

For more information, Fresno County voters can view their ballots and voter guides on the county website.

Representatives of the United States

A varying number of district representatives are up for election, dividing Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, and Kern counties. Fresno State students can check the official House of Representatives website to find out what their congressional district is.

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